Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Interview With Eric Buterbaugh and Fabrice Croisé of Eric Buterbaugh Florals + 8 x 10ml Discovery Set DRAW

Eric Buterbaugh, florist to the stars, is known as the "The King of Roses."  For 17 years, he has designed arrangements from his studio at The Four Seasons hotel in LA, for clientele such as Madonna, Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, and Gwen Stefani to name a few. He has designed for fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Dior, and Louis Vitton. It doesn't end there, Eric has even designed for royalty such as the British royal family and the king of Thailand.

Eric Buterbaugh and Fabrice Croisé

He created Eric Buterbaugh Florals with beauty industry veteran Fabrice Croisé, and noses from Firmenich. The all star noses include Harry Fremont, Alberto Morillas, Honorine Blanc, Pierre Negrin, and Ilias Ermendis. Launched in 2015 are 7 stunning floral based perfumes (another to follow in November), a boutique in West Hollywood, a line of candles, and even scented roosters.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: How did you two meet each other?


 We were introduced by Mike Jones, ex-CEO of MySpace, for whom Fabrice was working as a consultant and who knew Eric’s desire to go into fragrances.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: How long was the process from vision to launch?

Eric/Fabrice: 1 year and a half from first meeting to the launch of our brand and space on Beverly Blvd.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: Your perfumes are all stunning. How did you go about choosing which perfumers to create your perfumes?

Eric/Fabrice: Thank you. We chose the fragrance company Firmenich first. Both of us had a pre-existing relationship with that company and consider it to be the best in its field. We briefed Firmenich without any specification as to which perfumers we wanted to work with (well, almost). Our intention was to allow perfumers to choose whether they wanted to be part of our adventure, based on their own sensibility to floral notes - and the gems they kept in their drawers (or their minds). We just told them there would be no restriction on ingredients (our price point allows for that) and no changes to their creations if we chose them. They loved this perspective and came up with absolute wonders of floral creations. 5 perfumers worked with us on our first line. For our next line (the Edition line, scheduled for release next year in department stores), 10 perfumers have asked to propose creations.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: Was there an inspiration for the bottle design? They are quite beautiful, I must say.
Eric/Fabrice: We found a cognac decanter in a trade show that had a beautiful shape. We increased the glass distribution at the bottom, added a spherical stopper, played with the proportions and finalized the bottle with Nouvel Studio in Mexico City. They specialize in high end crystal creations for Tequila brands and the mastery of their craft is absolutely astonishing. They had never worked on a niche fragrance brand and immediately loved the project.
Scented Rooster $3800.00

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: Please tell me about The Scented Rooster.
Eric/Fabrice: It started as a bit of a private joke. We have a rooster at the heart of our brand crest. One day we were having a meeting in a building downtown LA and stumbled upon a taxidermy studio (Prey Taxidermy). We fell in love with its owner Allis, who is wonderful and such an amazing artist. She introduced us to Courtney Bensik of Androgyny Jewelry Studio. Honorine Blanc of Firmenich came up with a gorgeous lemon–flower-and-chestnut scent and the bejeweled, scented roosters were born.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: I like that your line is intended to be gender neutral. I personally wear what I like, even if it's a perfume targeted for women. Floral perfumes are typically known to be for women. Have you found your line to be embraced by men too? Is there one in particular that men seem to be gravitating to?

Eric/Fabrice: The world is more and more ready to look at fragrances for what they are, i.e. olfactive creations, rather than carefully positioned marketing products. Paintings have no gender, why should fragrances have one? Our clients understand this and our perfumes are purchased by men and women alike. Velvet Lavender might be the ones men gravitate to at first, but a lot of them seem to be attracted to Sultry Rose as well, and we are looking forward to seeing how they react to Thorns Rose when we launch it next month.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: Will there be more perfumes added to the collection?

 Yes, Thorns Rose in November this year, followed by a gorgeous Lilac in the Spring of next year and then an Orange Blossom in the Summer.

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover with Eric and Fabrice in NYC April 2015
Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: Was wonderful to meet you both a few months ago in New York. Hopefully next meeting will be at your fabulous boutique!

 We would love that. Please come any time and hang out in our garden. We have a few new scents in the making that we would love to get your opinion about.

Regal Tuberose

Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: What has been the best seller since your launch? I have to tell you, I just adore Regal Tuberose
Eric/Fabrice: We are delighted to say, they all sell well. Our best seller changes every month and is always close to the second and third best-selling ones. Right now, Celestial Jasmine seems to be performing best.

The collection is a floral perfume lovers dream. All are well done, but my clear favorites are Regal Tuberose and Apollo Hyacinth. Regal is a modern take on a classic note in perfumery. It starts off very green and dries down to a beautiful creamy floral. A tuberose that can be worn by anyone, man or woman. Apollo is a vibrant, subtly sweet green floral that just sings on my skin. Sultry Rose is also a thing of beauty. I have to reiterate that the whole collection is well done, and there is a fragrance for whatever is your personal floral taste and preference.

Apollo Hyacinth: neroli, galbanum, Asian pear, hyacinth, lily of the valley, angelica seeds, oakmoss, Haitian vetiver, cedarwood

Virgin Lily of the Valley: orange flower water, bergamot, rosewood, muguet, ylang-ylang, amaryllis, sheer sandalwood, ambrette seeds, clear musk

Regal Tuberose: grapefruit, white pepper, papyrus accord, patchouli leaves, tuberose absolute, jasmine sambac petals, amber wood, oakmoss, captive musk

Celestial Jasmine: linden blossom, freesia, jasmine sambac, jasmin de Provence, tuberose petals, narcissus, sexy ambrox, silkwood, skin musk

Sultry Rose: pepper, passion fruit, rose essence, rose water, vanilla orchid, saffron, ambrette musk, oud, ambergris accord

Velvet Lavender: lavandin, bergamot, apricot skin, lavender Seillans essence, clary sage, armoise, bourbon vanilla, sandalwood, captive musks

Fragile Violet: yellow mandarin, white tea accord, mulberry, purple violet, lotus flower, wisteria, Atlas cedarwood, liquid amber, feather musks

A 100ml bottle will run you $300 and a 250ml in a crystal decanter will run you $500. They also have a Discovery Set (7 x 10ml sprayers) for $250. You can shop the collection at the Eric Buterbaugh Florals website.

Thanks to the generosity of Eric and Fabrice, we are offering one lucky reader a chance to win an 8 Scent Kit (8 x 10ml sprayers) which will include their upcoming release Thorns Rose. To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to Brooklyn Fragrance Lover on YouTube, follow Brooklyn Fragrance Lover on Facebook, then leave ONE comment down below with which EB Florals interests you the most, or something that you enjoyed about the interview. A winner will be chosen by in about a week. Good luck, and thanks so much for reading (and viewing).

DISCLAIMER: This review was based on samples sent by the company, and all opinions are my own.


  1. That was a really nice piece. How interesting how they came up with the design for the bottle, which is beautiful and elegant. The lavender and tuberose sound fantastic, as do the rest of the collection. Too bad they didn't let you sniff the rooster!

  2. I agree, the bottles do look stunning. I'm glad its 100ml and not the usual 50ml that are usually found at this price range from some niche offerings.Violet and Sultran are what piqued my interest :)

  3. The Lily of the Valley, Violet, Lavender, Hyacinth, Tuberose.....never mind, they all sound beautiful and like something I'd love to try! However as far as interest piquing....that Rooster tho! :)

  4. I love rose and tuberose. I'd love to try these. Thanks again, Carlos! :)

  5. Thanks for the introduction to this house Carlos. What a great giveaway- thanks Eric Buterbaugh Florals!

  6. These all sound really great. I would definitely love to try the lily of the valley. Thanks guys for the giveaway!

  7. This sets looks interesting. I would like to try regal tuberose.

  8. I am not the biggest fan of Jasmine, but that dark Amber note in Celestial Jasmine has gotten me really excited.

    From your descriptions Carlos, that would be the one I'd blind buy.


  9. Oh my goodness - my nose was reaching out to the screen to try and sniff all of these. Perhaps IF i had to pick one it would be Celestial Jasmine as i'm trying to find a scent both with jasmine and linden. There was also mention of a Lilac scent in the making so i;d love to go for that too. I have heard of Eric's work previously and it would be just fantastic to try these beauties. I follow your U tube and fb pages also and reside in the UK. Thanks again Carlos for a wonderful draw. Cheers.

  10. All sound amazing! I'd love to try Regal Tuberose. Thanks so much for the draw!

  11. I'd like to try the rose and jasmine perfumes :) two of my favourite notes in perfume.

  12. Such a great interview. The Apollo Hyacinth, and Regal Tuberose sound incredible to me. And those bottles are absolutely stunning.

  13. I love lily of the valley, that would be top on my must try list...but all of them sound lovely, especially sultry rose.

  14. These sound wonderful Carlos, loved reading the review, lily of the valley sounds amazing, I would love to try any of them!

  15. Great noses behind the fragrances. Bottles are georgeous.
    Thanks to the generosity of Eric and Fabrice and of course to Carlos.

  16. I'd love to try Apollo Hyacinth and Fragile Viole but all souds amazingt. Thanks Carlos.

  17. All sounds good! Great team behind the fragrances mainly Alberto Morillas, I love his fragrances. Thanks so much for the draw!

  18. I want ALL of them! Give me the smellies!

  19. I'm very happy about this interview. Eric Buterbaugh Florals page is lovely. I discovered some time ago. My interest arises from the fact that I am a big fan of floral perfumes. It is, probably, my favorite category. All the perfumes are created around beautiful flowers. They seem irresistible and charming. Apollo Hyacinth must be amazing. I love green aspects of hyacinth. I'd love to try all of them with the greatest attention Thanks for the chance.

  20. Thanks to everyone involved in this amazing giveaway. Sultry Rose sounds absolutely breathtaking and right up my alley.

  21. Darn these are a little pricey- definitely would be sweet to get my hands on that sample set to find a favorite one or two from the line. That sultry rose...

  22. Saw these when you brought them over, they were lovely!

  23. Ha now it lets me. I bet these are beautiful, I am especially interested in the Apollo Hyacinth, pricey but I bet worth every penny :)

  24. Thanks for the interview and this amazing draw. I think celestial jasmine looks amazing. I love that they gave complete freedom of notes and promised not to change the formulas. They all sound really great!

  25. Loving your channel! Lily-of-the-Valley is my original heart-throb but their Jasmine sounds amazing... especially since I'm all about the Linden right now.